Giants Perform Soft-Shoe on Bears in Fourth Quarter
The defending champion Chicago Bears came into this NFL title game against the Giants with a 13-0 record. They had the best offense in the league and their defense was second only to the Lions. The Giants were a good team that finished 8-5, but they had lost to the Bears twice already in 1934, and six out of the last seven times the two teams had met. Furthermore, end Red Badgro was out with a broken leg and tailback Harry Newman was out with broken vertebrae, which he had suffered in a loss to the Bears three weeks before. In their places, end Ike Frankian and tailback Ed Danowski would perform heroically on this icy nine-degree day at the Polo Grounds.
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New York scored first with a Ken Strong field goal in the first quarter, but they were nearly run out of the stadium in the second period. Behind a pounding running attack, the Bears marched down the field and scored early in the quarter on a Bronko Nagurski one-yard thrust. Nagurski led the Bears back into the Giants’ red zone on their next possession, but the Giants held, and Jack Manders kicked a field goal to extend the Bears’ lead to 10-3.
Nagurski next recovered a fumble by Ken Strong at the 6-yard line and then scored on the next play, but the play was erased by an offside penalty. Manders then missed a 24-yard field-goal attempt. Once more, however, Chicago marched deep into Giants territory. Once more, Nagurski plunged into the end zone only to have the play nullified by a penalty, and once more Manders missed a field goal. The Giants were fortunate to go to halftime only down 10-3.
I think the sneakers gave them the edge in the second half. They were able to cut back when they were running with the ball, and we weren’t able to cut with them.
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